Author Archives: Theo Stewart

About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (INTODogs-ABTC - AAB) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site: www.dogidog.co.uk

Pawing our Pets

Why do we humans find it so hard to just let our dogs be? Must tickle that fluff-ball! Can’t resist scrunching that sleek black coat. Ooooh, kiss that soft muzzle. Coochy-coo…squeeze that little pug-face. Why do I, like so many … Continue reading

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We Exhale, Our Dogs (and Cats) Become Smokers Too

‘Supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick was quoted in the Daily Mail yesterday saying, ‘Pet owners have not yet got the message that their dogs and cats can get cancer from their second-hand smoke.’ Noel Fitzpatrick referred to this study at the University of … Continue reading

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Sensory Overload – Dogs Also?

I recently visited a teenage girl with autism. She was wearing noise cancelling ear muffs. She explained to me that without them she simply has sensory overload. They enable her to function. Her two highly-stressed little terriers, like so many … Continue reading

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“I Never Feed my Dog Human Food”

How many times do we hear this? Where did the idea come from? What is ‘human’ food anyway? Both humans and dogs are omnivorous and need much the same things but in different ratios. We can digest grains better than dogs … Continue reading

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‘ Command Your Dog to Sit’

Anyone going to dog training classes over ten years ago will be familiar with this instruction. I’m getting a real bee in my bonnet about the word ‘command’. Isn’t it the word used by drill sergeants? I find that people who … Continue reading

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Fear of Men – Why are some dogs more wary of men?

Dogs can be more intimidated by men. Some people, for instance, assume that their rescue dog has been hit by a man, but this is probably not so. There are much more likely reasons. People in the training and behaviour … Continue reading

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Stubborn Dog? Dogged Dog?

A recent exchange on Facebook got me thinking. It was in response to this picture. This was how the posts started: First response: ‘Total rubbish, if a dog is intelligent enough to know what you ask of it, it has … Continue reading

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